Author Archives: Allan Sand

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 1, set 1

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 6:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 4:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 2:00, (1/2 ball hit), Soft 3 speed.
    (At a higher speed, the cue ball can not grab the rail for the proper angle.)

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises (precision) - OB Rail & Back: Middle Table sets

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on precision cue ball control skills. The purpose is to send the OB to the cushion and return to hit the CB.

Suggestions: Start easy with follow (12:00, 1 tip up). Proceed from slowest possible speed up through Medium 2.
When 12:00 is controlled, use 6:00 (1 tip below center). Proceed with slowest speed through Medium 2 speed. The returning OB must chase down CB.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - When all else fails - Last Resorts

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

There are times when, no matter how you struggle, the balls don't roll your way. For some reason, the billiard gods have decided that today is your day to suffer all of the bad luck they can offer to you. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - The Hidden Ball Safety

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.

The hidden ball safety type is considered by many players to be the only real defensive shot. To the intelligent player, it is simply another way to create additional problems for an opponent. Regardless of how simple or difficult the kick or jump might be; it forces an opponent to stop and think. Continue reading

(FAQ) What can you expect in a handicapped league?

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A handicapped league is a group of teams each with several players that compete on a regular basis (usually weekly). Each team will have players with different skill levels.

Each player is assigned a certain skill level. When individuals with different levels compete, the adjustments are made to their scoring requirements. A new player will start at an initial skill level. As matches are played, the skill level is adjusted as appropriate. Continue reading

(FAQ) Watching your betters

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If you are serious about improving and anxious to learn as much of pool as possibly, the perfect teaching by example is immediately available to you at local tournaments. Continue reading

(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Jokes

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

This tactic uses your own appreciation of humor to prevent you from playing with all due intelligence and intention. You have an adversary who is a wanna-be comedy club regular. He is accustomed to being the center of attention of any group that he joins. To him, the game is just another venue for his funny presentations. You are another of his many audiences - only one person, to be sure - but to his viewpoint, still a qualified (and captive) public spectator. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge (video) - Object Ball Speed Control (angled), cross side (Advanced) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  From the setup, shoot Cue Ball into Object Ball and roll the Object Ball into the target zone.

This is the Object Ball Speed Control (angled), cross side (Advanced) Test Group . There is also an Intermediate Test Group. Continue reading